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Brave New Voices in the Bay: A Selective Preview

I don’t have much time right now to write — I’m busy getting ready to welcome over 500 of the world’s best young writers to the Bay to do their thing. Yes, my friends, it’s time for Brave New Voices. This is the culmination of the Youth Speaks program year,…

My Summer Reading List: Soccer, Politics, & Jews

When my uncle called me this morning, I had to shush him. “Hold one second,” I whispered. “I can’t talk too loud, I’m at the library.” “You’re at the library?” he asked incredulously, his voice actually getting louder despite my request. “On the Saturday morning of a three-day weekend??” Guilty…

Grammatically Correct

                                 West Oakland, California.  1. The word crashes into my left ear like a well-aimed brick. I can’t stand him… he’s so ghetto. I overhear at 15th and Broadway, from a woman talking on her cell louder than her designer heels clicking down the sidewalk. She’s sharing her disgust for an…

DC Love: My Top 10 Artists from the (Formerly) Chocolate City

I love DC. Washington is what you see on TV — the White House, the monuments, the sex scandals. But where the folks actually live, where they teach, drink, ball, and tell you about “all those Bamas from Virginia” — that’s DC. That’s my hometown. But sometimes I ask myself,…

Slam in the Symphony Hall: Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals this Friday!

Is it physically possible to overdose on poetry? Over the last three weeks, I’ve heard over 250 poets in 8 preliminary slams, 4 semi-final slams, last-minute workshops before the slam, street-side ciphers after the slam — shit, I hear metaphors and similes in my dreams every night. Dreams, I say….